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this week in our school . . .

Volume 3 Issue 28 & 29 May 25th, 2018

getting it right ready respectful safe



Head’s start .

Mr. Davis, Headteacher, reflects on the Mr. Davis, Headteacher, reflects on the week. week.

This week we commemorated thethat firstI meet with It is about this time of year anniversary of the attack on Manchester each Head of Department to reviewArena. the As well as observing national silence on summer’s examthe results. This involves Tuesday we of held a series assemblies for all plenty useful and of thought-provoking year groups. discussion, but it is usually talking about

numbers and letters. Behind this data are At these assemblies we celebrated the felt, power of stories: how pupils did, how they what the human spirit through music and dance. A they liked and what they achieved. We group always of Yearsfocus 7 - 9on performed This Is be Me from how things can The Greatest Showman, accompanied by our improved as well as celebrating what went newest musical venture, the Steel Band. Next are well. As a Catholic school, exam results the dance group performed to an the Ariana Grande just one way of expressing unique, Godsoundtrack. given talents and skills of each pupil. It is important to look beyond the data so I am The intention of that these pieces was delighted much more of to mycelebrate job involves the skills and talents of pupils and to show being in classes, walking around the that school the hope and love they represent are an and talking to pupils, students and staff. antidote to the hatred that lies behind terrorism. Aside Iffrom fact the performances wereor everthe you arethat feeling at all despondent excellent, it was evident that the delight the fatigued I reckon a quick tour of the school pupils would conveyed in performing was a strong quickly raise your spirits. Let me expression of both hope and love. show you what I mean. Today (Thursday, September 29th) for instance, I dropped into On Thursday wereMusic. joined There, by Bishop John Year 10we GCSE I was Arnolddelighted who addressed Year 11 and talked to listen to performances ofabout an idea that has been well covered inHold this Back Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, newsletter, but which bears repeating. The the River and When the Saints Go Marching Bishop’s words encouraged pupils (who day In. I also got to sit with Daniel andthat Chester were between two GCSE exams) to consider as they demonstrated their prodigious DJing their sense of purpose. talents. Next, during lunch, I supervised the canteen and made a point of watching the Quoting Cardinal John Henry Newman, the interactions that take place daily. Pupils and Bishopstaff reminded each pupil of their uniqueness holding doors open for one another, and ofoffering their calling, their sense of mission. He thanks, little moments of personal also shared some recollections of his own appreciation and gratitude. Of course, exams, encouraging pupils define things don’t always gotowell in athemselves school, but it as more than the sum of their grades. is lovely to witness a voluntary apology from a Year 9 to one of the lunch time staff, or Earliersee in the had another been anwho absolute oneweek pupilithelp is unsure privilege to attend the Year 11 Leavers’ Mass at where to go for class. St. Luke’s, Swinton. There was an excellent turn out pupils and their familieschat andwith In from Sixththe Form, I enjoyed a lengthy the evening had a wonderful atmosphere. Aidan who explained both the theory of differentiation and its potential commercial At the application. Mass we also farewell Fr. studying John In said English they to were Williams, who shared with us his memories of the play Blood Brothers and talking with the first time he visited the school in 2013. As humour and excitement about superstitions; has become the dissecting Mass eachour form in Yeartraditional 7 RE theyat were new tutor was given a tree to plant in their gardens mission statement and exploring the as a symbol of growth. The number of pupils personal meanings within it. School is a and their families who stayed behind busy, bustling, humming place. after the Mass to take pictures and reminisce was truly heartening. On behalf of the school I would like to thank Fr. John for making us welcome in the

I get to Maths to find all of Year 9 embroiled in a task that is so challenging and exciting that I want to stay and have a go myself. church, Fr. Gavin and Canon McBride for Outside it’s: “Sir, have you seen my tie? celebrating Mass and Miss Singleton for Can you open my bottle? What did you organising the entire event. think of last night’s game? What time is it, Sir?” and, at least once a day, “Oh my The warmth of the Leavers’ Mass was a stark days!” It can be noisy at times and in a contrast to the events that had taken place a community this size we can’t expect year earlier to in get Manchester, no more everyone on with each otherso all than the when Head Boy Ryan and Head Girl time. But it is our community, and aHolly lively, spoke theirone time St. Ambrose Barlow. lovely,about positive atat that. They even revealed that they had been friends since the age 3 - quite a journey this point. Perhaps the of single highlight of myto week, if I

had to pick, would be the conversation I had with Mrs. Fay who is leading the development of our new library. I am a library enthusiast and have been ever since I was little. The furthest reach of my memory is back to moments spent in our local library entranced by its colour and bright possibilities. On Twitter #RememberingMyLibrary reveals the hold that such an institution has: ‘A library card was a free pass to wonderment, words and the ability to roam the world’ observes one user, another quotes the wroughtofiron So this whilst has been a week of celebration, gates of Stalybridge library, ‘Read, ItMark, remembrance and of performance. has been and Inwardlyand Digest.’ Others talk a Learn week of reflection of confronting theof the escapeofthat libraryItrepresented or of of challenges our atimes. began, for three theyear refuge it offered an unkind world. our 8s as a weekfrom of opportunity. The group attended the renowned learning festival Mrs. FayRocks spentto last Saturday Northern speak aboutpeacefully their experience shelves andreactions we are inching ofstacking learningthe oracy and, as on social closerdemonstrated, to opening. What was media they thrilled were a me huge hit.her comment that several boys, some of whom affect a dislike were electrified As we head into of thereading, half-term holiday, there by is presence a library in their school: ‘You much in ourofschool community for which we mean give I canthanks: borrowthe thistalents and, like, read it, the should of our pupils, Miss?’ was of theour breathless commitment teachersutterance and the of one pupil. Our library is at the heart of the to involvement of families. It was wonderful school: athis. space for being open to and celebrate sharing ideas and experiences. It is openplanbless, and its shelves serve as a reminder God that there should be no barrier to anyone using its volumes or seeking knowledge, Ben Davis solace, entertainment or information. I can’t Headteacher wait to@BenDavis1972 see it come to life in the weeks Twitter: ahead thanks to Mrs. Fay and her band of helpers.

there is much in our school community for which we should give thanks: the talents of our pupils, the commitment of our teachers and the involvement of families

Ben Davis, Headteacher Twitter: @BenDavis1972 2


calendar what’s on

Achievement Points this week: St. Benedict St. Francis St. Margaret Clitherow St. Teresa of Calcutta

452 506 516 496

Year 7 Parents’ Evening 5:00pm - 7:00pm

TUE 05

WED 06

THU 07

FRI 08 SAT 09

MON 04

COMING UP THIS WEEK week beginning 04.06.18 week A

attendance We aim for 100% attendance for all of our students and have set 96% as satisfactory attendance for this year. Attendance is monitored period-by-period and statistics are published each week. Excellent attendance guarantees excellent learning. Attendance by year (w/e May 18th)

Year 7 Year 8 year 9 year 10 year 11 School

95.7% 94.9% 95.2% 93.1% 93.5% 94.5%

Attendance and its impact on learning 10 days absence means 95% attendance 19 days absence means 90% attendance 29 days absence means 85% attendance 38 days absence means 80% attendance 47 days absence means 75% attendance Please note: If your child is off school you need to contact student services the same day on 0161 921 1589/1551. If the school has not been contacted within five days, the absences will automatically be unauthorised. Ten Challenge; Top: at the Siemens Rollercoaster unauthorised marks may lead to a fixed penalty Below: 6th formers at the Teenage Cancer3 notice being served.

Trust fundraiser

it’s your time to shine 

FRIDAY 22ND JUNE 7:00pm St Ambrose Barlow RC High School & sixth form

TALENT Showcase Supported by the Parent Council



Refreshments & snacks on sale Raffle

Pay on door



Clockwise from left: Molly and Will Doyle with the new Ceremonial Mayor of Salford; the Year 7 rugby team qualifying for the regional final; the dance troupe remembering Manchester during our assemblies.



The team who decorated our amazing Manchester Bee; images from the bee which will be on display in Manchester.



Images of the oracy team in action wowing teachers from across the UK at Northern Rocks in Leeds.


From top left: Ryan and Holly at the Leavers’ Mass; Year 11s celebrating after the Mass; the Oracy team at North Rocks; the Tag rugby team win more trophies; the victorious Year 8 rugby team.



Hester Dickinson @Elloise01 May 19

My absolute highlight of the day was seeing the fabulous students from @SABSalford perform their speeches. Such a credit to your school! Thank you @Bectully for a wonderful session...definitely given me more food for thought! #oracy #findyourvoice #inspire 9 #embrace #NRocks2018




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St. Ambrose Barlow Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 Issue 28 & 29 May 25th 2018  

All the news from St. Ambrose Barlow RC High School and Sixth Form College, Swinton, Salford, UK.

St. Ambrose Barlow Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 Issue 28 & 29 May 25th 2018  

All the news from St. Ambrose Barlow RC High School and Sixth Form College, Swinton, Salford, UK.